My A1c's 1980-2011

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2013-08-12 19:59:21 -0500
Started 2012-01-21 20:44:59 -0600

I thought it might be interesting to some of you to see my A1c's starting in 1980. A1c testing was not available until 1976. My doc started A1c's with his patients in 1980. I was diagnosed in 1945 when I was 6 and I must have had very high blood sugar until about 1988. That is when my A1c's began improving. All that and I am alive after 66 years of Type 1, and I have no complications except for mild nerve damage. If you have a lot of high blood sugar that does not necessarily mean you will suffer diabetes complications. I am living proof of that. Do the very best you can and keep this in mind.

As part of my preparation for my taking part in the Joslin Medalist Study I was supposed to have a listing of all my A1c's that have ever been done. My doctor was very cooperative, but there are several gaps in the list. The years 1990-1994 were not available.

Below are the A1c's that my doc was able to retrieve from his files. I have updated for 2010-2011.

1980…10.6, 9.6, 9.0
1984…9.2, 9.7, 8.9
1987…8.0, 9.8, 10.3
1988…10.5, 7.7, 7.7

1997…6.0, 5.4
1999…6.8, 6.7, 6.5
2000…6.3, 6.1, 5.5
2001…5.8, 6.0, 5.6, 6.0
2002…6.0, 6.4, 6.2, 6.0
2003…5.6, 5.4, 5.9
2004…5.9, 5.7, 5.8, 5.6
2005…5.6, 5.8
2006…5.6, 5.7
2007…5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 6.1
2008…5.7, 5.9, 5.7, 5.6
2009…5.6, 5.8, 5.8
2010…5.7, 5.6, 5.6, 5.4
2011…5.7, 5.7, 5.8, 5.5

Notice the drop from the 10's to the 7's in early 1988. That is when I read an article in a magazine that said diabetics should follow a low carb diet. My doctors never told me that. Then about the start of the new century I was permitted to use basal/bolus control. In 2007 I started pumping. My A1c's have been very good during the new century because I finally knew what to do to get good control.

I took only one injection of beef/pork insulin per day during my first 35+ years. Can you imagine what my A1c's would have been during those years? Those were the years before my doctor started having my A1c's done.

I feel so lucky to be alive and healthy, without complications. Is it good genes? Maybe the Joslin Study will help answer that question.

20 replies

sNerTs1 2013-04-19 13:47:42 -0500 Report

Oh how awesome .. your history is impeccable!! Its interesting that you caught onto the low carb diet before your doctor but it sure has made all the difference in the world for you!! Thank you so much for sharing this. YOU are an inspiration <3 *Hugs* Cheryl

MoeGig 2012-01-23 20:17:15 -0600 Report

What a great list of documented results. Congrats, you're my hero (as I told you before)…clearly a proof of the benefits of control. I've have had type 1 since 1965 and have been in relatively good control. As your experience shows, I have also had no complications and have been on a low carb diet since the beginning. For the last 10 years, my A1c runs in the 6's. If I try to get lower than that, I run the risk of ultra-low sugars, which is equally dangerous… Diabetes doesn't care about you…if you do the right thing, you live a healthy and hopefully happy lifetime; if you don't, you suffer painful and expensive complications.

Denisency213 2012-01-23 19:25:06 -0600 Report

This is truly some of the best news I've read on this site I thought complications just came with the territory after having diabetes over a long period of time . U just gave me a gift … Hope

Richard157 2012-01-23 19:53:25 -0600 Report

Denise, there are some doctors who tell their diabetes patients that if they can go for 20 years without complications, then the chances are good that there will not be any. That assumes their cobtrol is good, and remains good.

Denisency213 2012-01-23 20:00:35 -0600 Report

I was recently diagnosis so I feared amputation renal failure and all the other horrors of diabetes I consider myself to be too young to have diabetes lol . I had gestational diabetes so I knew it woould happen but not now

Type1Lou 2012-01-23 17:38:35 -0600 Report

This is inspiring, Richard. Thank you for sharing and, by sharing, encouraging us all to take control.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-01-22 21:11:50 -0600 Report

Thank you for sharing. Especially about how carb counting helped you. Seems it is sonething T1 and T2' have in common. When I was helping my mother-in-law it was never mentioned. When I was diagnosed 2 years ago it was the first I had heard about carb counting.My mother-in-law, T2, kept having to up her insulin doses from the time she was diagnosed until her death. So far I , also T2, have only had to use insulin while in the hospital. Amazing what a difference carbs make.

GabbyPA 2012-01-22 10:55:37 -0600 Report

You are slow and steady Richard. It gives a lot of us hope. And you are being modest. You have won quite an award for all your years.
We are so proud to have you with us.

Richard157 2012-01-22 16:04:57 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby, it is so nice to hear from you!!

GabbyPA 2012-01-23 14:51:54 -0600 Report

I have not seen you around so much of late...or are we just hanging with different friends now. LOL

Richard157 2012-01-23 16:07:01 -0600 Report

Gabby, I have joined so many diabetes websites I cannot keep up with them, so I do very little posting on those sites. I have been posting in the diabetes groups on Facebook instead. There are dozens of groups there. They are smaller and very personable. There are not that many very experienced diabetics to answer questions. A lot of misinformation is seen there. That is where I fit in, so I feel much more needed there than here. There are several groups for parents of diabetic children there and they like to know that a type 1 diagnosed as a child, in the dark ages, has lived for 66 years and is very healthy.

GabbyPA 2012-01-24 11:38:32 -0600 Report

We are just glad you are out there helping people where needed. That is a great heart for the folks that need you most. It is always good to see your smiling face here.

Richard157 2012-01-22 09:07:14 -0600 Report

I am a type 1 diabetic with insulin resistance so I take metformin along with my insulin. 33 units per day is my average dosage. I average 150 carbs per day. More than that will cause me to gain weight. I avoid cereal, rice, and food containing sugar. I limit myself to a half cup per meal of foods with fast acting carbs, like potatoes and pasta. The only bread I eat is low carb 7 grain bread by Pepperidge Farm, only 9 carbs per slice.

pixsidust 2012-01-21 22:59:51 -0600 Report

This is amazing to have these records and your story to tell.
Maybe you could describe a typical day of eating
How much insulin you are on and what are your rules and guidelines
I think We all have so much to learn from you